Everything is magnified during the Super Bowl, including the broadcast, which was watched by over 100 million people last year — almost 60 million more viewers than any other show on television in 2020. With so many eyeballs expected to be tuned in to Super Bowl 55 between the Chiefs and Buccaneers on Sunday, it’s only natural that sportsbooks have opened up their menu of wagering options to include some bets on Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and the rest of the CBS crew.
Some of these will undoubtedly be contentious, as you’ll read below; others are pretty straight forward, such as whether Patrick Mahomes will be referenced as “baby GOAT” (seriously). Either way, if you bet on the broadcast, you have a reason to tune in (and pay attention) until the very last play, which is better than getting drunk and missing the entire fourth quarter, right? Actually, don’t answer that.
We’ll break down some of our favorite broadcast props that can be found at various sports books, but there are plenty of others if you look hard enough, such as how many times “kindergarten” will be said, how many times Joe Biden will tweet during the game, and how many times Gisele Bundchen will be shown on camera.
One note: Make sure to get clarity on what your book officially counts as the “broadcast.” Is it from when Jim Nantz and Tony Romo are introduced until just after the game ends? It certainly isn’t the pre-game show, and the post-game show would seem to be its own thing, too (otherwise the Roger Goodell bet below would be an easy OVER).
To be safe, expect it to be from the end of the pre-game show (i.e. when they run the Super Bowl intro and Nantz/Romo come on) until just after the first on-field interview. Nantz will likely say something like, “Stay tuned for the post-game show.” At that point, you can’t count anything that happens toward your bet.
Super Bowl prop bets 2021: Broadcast
Will Tony Romo correctly predict an offensive play?
Romo is famous for this, but the real question here is what exactly counts as “correctly predicting an offensive play.” If Romo simply says a pass or a run is coming, does that count? Or does he have to be more in-depth, like saying Chris Godwin is going to catch a pass in the slot or that “spider 2 Y banana” is about to be run? Either way, there’s a decent chance Romo correctly predicts something, but it’s just as likely CBS told him “no spoilers” for the Super Bowl. Early money has been overwhelmingly on “yes” for this prop, so this is a chance to zag and get plus money on “no.” Again, if you can, try to clarify what exactly counts as a “correct prediction” here, as that could make all the difference.
What will be said first by Tony Romo?
- Read +100
- Petentration +200
- Blitz +225
- A-Gap +300
- Trick Play +750
This one is really a toss-up between the first three (not that “A-gap” or “trick play” couldn’t be referenced, but it seems less likely), so you might as well take the best potential payout with “blitz.” Obviously, any could be referenced on the first play of the game (with trick play potentially being referenced on the opening kickoff if a team does something quirky), but blitz is probably the most common football term.
How many times will Tony Romo mention his kids/children?
- Over 0.5 +200
- Under 0.5 -300
Now that they bring it up, he does seem to do this about once a game, doesn’t he? Early money has been on the “OVER,” but you’re still getting value on it, so it’s not a bad bet.
What will be mentioned first?
- Tom Brady’s 10th Super Bowl -140
- Tom Brady’s age 43 +100
It feels like these two things will go hand in hand, as in “Tom Brady is playing in his 10th Super Bowl at age 43,” or “At age 43, Tom Brady plays in his 10th Super Bowl.” It could really go either way. There’s also a chance one of these is said as they compare him to Patrick Mahomes (which is also when “kindergarten” will be said since Mahomes was in kindergarten when Brady played in his first Super Bowl), but, again, they could just as easily compare their ages or their Super Bowl appearances first. There’s more value on age, and on these coin-flip bets, that should usually be the deciding the factor.
What will be mentioned first?
- Patrick Mahomes is expecting a child -150
- Patrick Mahomes is engaged/getting married +110
This is similar to the last one. It seems like they’ll be mentioned back-to-back, but which comes first? Early money has been heavy on engaged/getting married (a bit redundant, no?), but that could be just because expecting a child opened as such a heavy favorite (-250).
Will “Baby GOAT” be said in reference to Patrick Mahomes?
Let’s hope not. There’s really no value in betting “no,” though, and the whole “Baby GOAT” meme has become enough of a thing that Rob Gronkowski was asked about it in an interview, so it’s certainly possible that hipster Jim Nantz mentions it.
Will “LeBron” be said during the broadcast?
LeBron likes to tweet during big sporting events, so this is another situation where it wouldn’t be a shock if they referenced something he tweeted live on air, but otherwise, there’s really no reason to mention him. You can make the case they’ll put up a graphic comparing Brady and LeBron or even Mahomes and LeBron (along with “GOATS”/immediate stars from other sports), and that alone might be enough reason to take the value with “yes” here. Otherwise, this feels like a stayaway, as there isn’t much value on “no.”
What will be said first?
Barring a player suffering a groin injury early in the game, “hamstring” is the play here. Bucs stud LB Lavonte David missed practice all last week because of a hamstring injury, and that seems likely to be brought up at some point. Chiefs OL Mike Remmers was technically on Kansas City’s first injury report because of a groin injury, but he didn’t miss any practices, nor is he as big of a name as as David, so his “injury” is less likely to be mentioned.
How many times will “Belichick” be said?
Early money has been hammering the “OVER” here, probably because there’s likely going to be a montage of Brady’s past Super Bowls, which will include a picture of him and Bill Belichick. This could feasibly be a push, but since you can’t bet on that, the “OVER” is probably the better bet even if the odds are getting worse.
How many times will “Queen Latifah” be said by Jim Nantz?
You know they’re going to be promoting the hell out of “The Equalizer,” which premieres after the game, so someone is saying star Queen Latifah’s name more than once. The question is whether it will be Nantz and whether it will be during the game broadcast and not the post-game show. More than once seems excessive for Nantz to say it, but at least once also seems likely. This is a tough one, but it will be more fun to root for multiple “Latifah’s,” let’s face it.
How many times will Roger Goodell be shown?
- Over 1.5 -200
- Under 1.5 +150
Do they need to show him more than once (or at all)? There’s always the question on these as to whether it counts as more than once if they show Goodell, cut away really quick, then cut back. If that counts as twice, that could easily happen, but either way, it seems unlikely they’ll bring him up more than once during the broadcast, so the value on the UNDER is solid.
Will the spread or total be referenced by the broadcast team?
This broadcast group doesn’t bring the spread up as often as the NBC Sunday Night Football crew, but Jim Nantz and Tony Romo can get a little frisky at times. That said, announcers usually only bring up betting numbers when the game isn’t particularly close or the spread is relatively high. The spread for this game is Chiefs -3, so it seems unlikely there will be a situation where the spread will be mentioned, barring something like the Chiefs scoring late to go up by a point, then going for two to go up by a field goal. But, again, that’s going to be a big play in general, not one of those throwaway plays where Jim Nantz says playfully, “There are some people who really care about this play, Tony.” The total (56) is more likely to be in question in a blowout, but announcers rarely mention the total, so there’s a reason “no” is such a heavy favorite. It’s not fun to bet that, though, so if you want to live dangerously, go for the big bucks.
Andy Reid mask design
- Chiefs branded/logo -2000
- Single color/no logo +350
- Hawaiian themed +7000
It seems inevitable that Reid will wear a mask with a Chiefs logo, but let’s all take a second to imagine him with a Hawaiian-themed mask at the Super Bowl. Maybe if we all believe hard enough. we can wish it into existance. Putting $5 on it for a +7000 payoff is worth it for the laugh, although it’s fair to wonder what happens if he’s wearing a Hawaiian-themed, Chiefs-branded mask. Double payout!
Coach to have nostrils seen first during the game
- Andy Reid +150
- Bruce Arians -200
Based on these odds, Arians must remove/lower his mask more often than Reid, but if Reid is wearing a brand-new Hawaiian-themed mask, maybe it slips down because he’s not used to it? Parlay it!